Human Wildlife Conflict for Sustainable Peace and Development
Conflict between people and wild animals is one of the main threats to the continued survival of many species of wildlife in different parts of the world. This is also a significant threat to the human population.
Kenya is a no exemption, and has experienced numerous incidences of human-wildlife conflicts. If solutions to such conflicts are not quickly found, local support for conservation would decline. As a major stakeholder in peace-building, the Commission participated in a human-wildlife conflict forum held on 9th April, 2016 at Voi Safari Lodge.
The aim of the forum was to discuss ways of mitigating the human-wildlife conflict in the county. Speaking at the forum, the Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Prof. Judith Wakhungu said that the park had three aircrafts that undertook daily surveillance to monitor activities around the park. “This has mitigated human-wildlife conflict as it provides information about wildlife roaming out of the park,” she said. “The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has hotlines for swift communication on conflict cases. Barriers and fences have also been constructed in target hotspots of human-wildlife conflict,”
she added. In her concluding remarks, she noted that there was need for more construction of water pans, earth dams and electric fences, as well as review of population increase levels in the area.